Homemade cream blush (Rouge)

make your own natural cream blushBlush, blusher or rouge as some people like to call it, is very simple to make. Well, the powdered version at least (see my powder blush recipe). Cream blush on the other hand, required a few failed experiments to say the least.

While researching, I found many recipes, and made them all. Most followed the logic of simply mixing homemade blush powder with homemade cream, shea butter or coconut oil. Makes sense right? Cream + blush = cream blush. Nope! The result was always a lumpy, uneven mixture that left an equally inconsistent tint on your face. Fortunately, I do try every recipe that I publish, otherwise I would be sharing something very similar here today.

example of tint you can expect with this recipeLet’s ditch the “obvious” idea to use cream as a base, and instead turn to aloe vera gel.

Mica powder or acai berry powder, dissolves perfectly in aloe vera gel and results in a smooth, consistent application that isn’t the slightest bit oily.

To the right, is a picture of the “plum” tint, or stain that you can expect if you follow my recipe using acai berry powder. However, if you want to be able to store your blush, you’ll have to use mica powder, or mineral makeup powder. Using acai berry powder will only last long enough for one application. Since acai berries are an organic substance, the moisture from the aloe vera will hydrate the berry powder, and turn the mixture brown if left to stand for more than a day (in the fridge).

SUBSTITUTES YOU CAN ALSO USE

If you can’t find acai berry or mica powder, then hibiscus, rose, beetroot, or cocoa  powder works just fine too. However these are more difficult to find in South Africa and are often more expensive. As I’ve mentioned in my powder blush recipe, another option is to dehydrate beetroots or berries and then grind these into a powder, but I just don’t have time for that. However, if you do…please let me know how it goes!

COST & SHELF LIFEcost of ingredients in homemade cream blush

Lasted me about: 1 application (with acai berries)

Estimated shelf life: 1 application using acai berry powder, and 3 months using mica powder.  (Store in an airtight container away from moisture)

Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post. Costs based on the best available prices I’ve personally found.

CHALLENGE

  • It doesn’t provide a strong colour if you are looking to contour your face with makeup. Instead, it just tints/ stains your skin for a more naturally blushed look.
  • If using a powder made from an organic substance like acai berries, it will only last long enough for one application.

CHERRY ON TOP

  • Unlike my powder blush recipe, this does not wipe away as easily. In other words, it stays put for longer.
  • I would always breakout on my cheeks after using synthetic blush bought from the store. However, this homemade blush keeps my skin as clear as a summer’s day.
  • This can double up as a moisturising lip tint too.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS

  • Acai-Berry-PowderAcai berry powder:  High in antioxidants which help keep the skin’s complexion radiant. (buy here)
  • Aloe vera gel: Moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel. It contains antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. (buy here)

Please note: I have not been able to source mica powder locally, except from this wholesaler (i.e. It’s not available to the general public. They are a business-to-business supplier). The closest thing I’ve found which is available to the public is Inthusiam‘s powder which contains mica powder and other natural minerals, and it comes in a variety of colours. In the meantime, you will have to buy pure mica powder internationally from a website like Amazon. If you happen to find a local supplier, please let me know so I can share the details on my blog. I’d really appreciate it.

Not sure where to find these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.

RECIPE

DIY Cream Blush (Rouge)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Teaspoon Aloe vera gel
  2. 1/4 - 1/2 Teaspoon Mica powder
Instructions
  1. Makes about 5ml.
  2. Combine powder and aloe vera gel.
  3. Mix well until all the powder is dissolved and no lumps remain.
  4. Store in a closed container away from moisture and direct sunlight for the longest shelf life.
Substitutes
  1. Mica powder --> Mineral makeup powder, Acai Berry, Beetroot, Hibiscus, Rose, or Cocoa powder.
Please note
  1. If using a powder made from an organic substance, like acai berries, beetroot etc. - this cream blush will only last long enough for one application, and cannot be stored. It is recommended to rather use mica powder or organic mineral makeup powder if you'd like to store this product for longer.
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6 thoughts on “Homemade cream blush (Rouge)

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hi Adriana. Thank you for your comment. I’m happy that you are enjoying my blog. Gosh, mica powder is very difficult, if not impossible, to find in SA (even wholesale)! I’ve been searching for months. The only option I’ve found is to buy online from an international store like Making Cosmetics or Amazon. But another option is to buy mineral makeup in SA, and use the powder to make cream blush, but that won’t work if you’re looking for wholesale prices. A good brand for natural mineral makeup is Inthusiasm, which is also the most affordable when compared to other natural brands. I will let you know if I ever find a supplier. On the other hand, if you manage to find mica powder locally, I’d be incredibly grateful if you could let me know too. I’d love to share it with my blog readers – I’ve been asked SO many times! Sorry I couldn’t be of much help. Best of luck.

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Hi,

    I love your blog! Just found it. I love cosmetics and makeup but with the prices in this economy its hectic.

    I live in Pretoria and is interested in making some of my own homemade products.

    Can you please share the suppliers you bought the mica powder and aloe gel from.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hi Jacqueline. I’m thrilled that you found my blog, and that you love it =) I know exactly what you mean by “this economy” that we’re living in at the moment. Making my own products really helps. I buy the aloe gel from Dischem. I prefer the “Bettaway” brand, which is 97% Aloe Vera and the rest is Vitamin E. It costs about R100 for 100ml. Be sure to read the ingredients list on other brands, I found SO many additional & unnecessary chemicals in them. As for the mica powder – gosh – it’s difficult to find in SA! I had to buy mine from Amazon in the end. But another option is to buy mineral makeup, and use the powder to make cream blush. A good brand for natural mineral makeup is Inthusiasm, which is also the most affordable when compared to other natural brands.

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hey =) I’m always happy when someone new finds my blog, and I hope you enjoy making this recipe. Let me know how it goes, or if you have any questions.

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